Welcome back to another edition of the weekly loan round up, collating the highs and lows endured by United’s loanees around Europe.
Kicking things off is Ben Amos, as today it was announced the goalkeeper has extended his loan spell for a further month at Bolton Wanderers, on the back of him keeping a clean sheet at the weekend in the 1-0 victory against Brighton. Another goalkeeper who endured a week of success was Sam Johnstone, who kept two consecutive clean sheets in the 1-0 win at Walsall before Preston North End thumped Oldham 4-0 at the weekend, leaving them with 5 straight wins and sitting 2nd in League One.
Will Keane continued to enjoy a return to form for Sheffield Wednesday, putting in a man of the match performance, grabbing a goal in the 2-0 win vs. Middlesborough. Fellow attacker Jesse Lingard endured a mixed bag of success however. After scoring in the mid-week win against Charlton, the Championship leaders slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat away to Fulham at the weekend. Lingard’s fellow midfielder Joe Rothwell also experienced a miserable weekend, watching on from the bench as Blackpool were beaten 3-1 by relegation rivals Wigan, leaving them 6 points adrift and rooted to the bottom of the Championship table. Last but not least in the young midfielder category, Ben Pearson got another 90minutes under his belt, as Barnsley got a vital 1-0 win, the first under new boss Lee Johnson.
Into Europe and both of United’s players on loan at Real Madrid slipped up for their respective teams. Javier Hernandez came off the bench for the final ten minutes in the 1-1 draw against Villarreal, and Guillermo Varela and Real Madrid Castilla dropped to 2nd in Segunda B with a 1-0 defeat away to Leioa.
From Spain to Portugal, and Nani too had a week to forget. After a 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg saw them exit the Europa league on aggregate, they then were thumped 3-0 at Porto in the Portuguese ‘Clasico’ thanks to a Cristian Tello hat-trick. Not all doom and gloom across continental Europe though, with Angelo Henriquez providing a moment of optimism. The Chilean striker was back amongst the goals for Dinamo Zagreb, opening the scoring from the spot in their 2-0 win.
That concludes this week’s round up, I’ll be back next week!
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